Okla. Grand Jury Indictment Names Ellis

November 22, 2004

A Multicounty Grand Jury indictment unsealed late last week names former Oklahoma Insurance Department employee Opal Ellis on four counts of making a false, fictitious or fraudulent claim, Attorney General Drew Edmondson said.

Ellis, the former special assistant to former Insurance Commissioner Carroll Fisher, was indicted Oct. 20 during the grand jury’s ongoing Insurance Department investigation. According to the indictment, Ellis filed four different time sheets between October 2001 and October 2002 seeking payment for time she allegedly did not work.

“The time sheets reflect 128 allegedly bogus hours,” Edmondson said. “Ellis was paid $3,504.64 in state funds for those hours.”

Edmondson said the investigation will continue when the grand jury reconvenes Dec. 6.

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